Saturday, October 29, 2011

Change of seasons

The late October Sun smiled weakly today, like a devout caregiver who has been strong for too long, and is unable to hide his waning strength any longer. "Stay strong without me", he said, in an unsuccessful attempt to inspire fortitude during his absence. A yellow, perforated, autumn leaf fell to the matted brown floor lined with its recently deceased kin --- apologetic, for having overstayed its welcome, and in quiet acceptance of its fate. A solitary gull, now devoid of its cacophonous bravado that the summer warmth had inspired merely months ago, circled the Lehtisaari bridge in silent anticipation of the inevitable.

In Helsinki, the change of seasons is an everyday affair. Starting tomorrow, it's time to switch back the clocks and prepare for yet another winter.